A few years back, you can only either have a low-end smartphone, or a really expensive flagship one. But now, smartphones in the sub-Php20k territory is now more popular, so you can achieve the same reliable performance and features, without spending all your fortune for a high-end one.

One of these devices is from the prominent and trusty brand, Samsung, with their latest Samsung Galaxy A70. This is probably the most powerful Galaxy A device in the local market right now. Well, besides that concealed Galaxy A80.


This one is big in numbers — from its large screen, battery, processor, and more. If you’re looking for a capable smartphone from Samsung, but don’t want to spend top cash for the Galaxy S10, then this might be your best option.

But if you don’t mind jumping off the fence and going outside the Samsung ground, there are also other similarly-priced smartphones out in the market today. One of them is the Xiaomi Mi 9T.


If you’re still not familiar by now, Xiaomi is known for their bang-for-the-buck products, which also includes the Mi 9T.

But here in our Samsung Galaxy A70 vs Xiaomi Mi 9T, we’re about to see if Xiaomi smartphones still has the best value for money, or should you lean on with Samsung for this one. Let’s start!

Xiaomi Mi 9TSamsung Galaxy A70
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
Android 9.0 Pie
Samsung One UI
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.39-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
NTSC 103.8 %
HDR support
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
6.7-inch Super AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 octa-core2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core
GPUAdreno 618Adreno 612
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
Front camera20-megapixel
Pop-up mechanism
Rear Camera48-megapixel (Sony IMX 582, f/1.75) +
8-megapixel (2x zoom) +
13-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.4)
LED flash
AI scene detection
Night Mode
960fps slow-mo
32-megapixel +
8-megapixel (ultra wide) +
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AudioSingle loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Dolby Atmos
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
Dimensions156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm164.2 x 76.7 x 7.9mm
ColorsCarbon Black
Flame Red
Glacier Blue
18W charger
25W charger
Price6GB/64GB: EUR329 (~Php19,300)
6GB/128GB: EUR369 (~Php21,700)


As stated earlier, the Samsung Galaxy A70 is one of the best entry-level smartphones that Samsung currently makes. But as what you’ve just seen, it still has nothing against the Xiaomi Mi 9T.

For starters, Xiaomi’s offering is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 octa-core processor. While the Galaxy A70 only comes with a Snapdragon 675 chipset.


Comes with a more capable chipset is also a more powerful GPU. The Mi 9T features an Adreno 618 graphics, which delivers better gaming performance than the Adreno 612 on the Galaxy A70.



Probably one of the biggest win of the Xiaomi Mi 9T over the Samsung Galaxy A70 is the aesthetics. Besides its unique and edgy design on the back, the Mi 9T features an all-screen display with a pop-up selfie camera on the top. Meanwhile, the latter settles for an Infinity-U notch on the screen.

Another lead of Xiaomi’s bet over Samsung’s is the cameras on the back. The Mi 9T features a flagship 48-megapixel Sony IMX 582 processor, with an 8-megapixel telephoto snapper and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide shooter.


The 32-megapixel primary camera on the Samsung Galaxy A70 might deliver decent photos, but we don’t expect it to be better than the former. Also, its 8-megapixel ultra wide and 5-megapixel depth sensors feel relatively underwhelming when compared to the competition.

But to Samsung’s credit, the Galaxy A70 does have a bigger 6.7-inch display, while the Mi 9T is only at 6.39-inches. This is perfect if productivity or media consumption is a top priority.


The Samsung Galaxy A70’s bigger body also allowed the company to cram in a 4,500mAh battery, versus the 4,000mAh on the Mi 9T. It also features a faster 25W charging technology.

Still, thanks to its better design, faster processor, and better cameras, the Xiaomi Mi 9T is still a better option than the Samsung Galaxy A70. All we have to do is wait and see when and how much this device will release here in the Philippines.

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  1. I have aalways been a Samsung fan. So for me I will definitely choose Samsung Galaxy A70. Samsung with its new range of M series and A series is surely regaining the market it lost in the mid range section.